Dennis Ray Graves v. Supreme Court of Virginia
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--denying Motion to proceed in forma pauperis (FRAP 24) [999973794-2] Originating case number: 1:16-cv-01131-JCC-JFA Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Graves. [16-2076]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
DENNIS RAY GRAVES,
Petitioner - Appellant,
SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA,
Respondent - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia, at Alexandria. James C. Cacheris, Senior
District Judge. (1:16-cv-01131-JCC-JFA)
March 30, 2017
April 3, 2017
Before TRAXLER and WYNN, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Dennis Ray Graves, Appellant Pro Se.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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order construing his petition for a writ of mandamus as a 28
U.S.C. § 2254 (2012) petition and dismissing it as successive
The order is not appealable unless a circuit
U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(A) (2012).
A certificate of appealability
will not issue absent “a substantial showing of the denial of a
28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2) (2012).
district court denies relief on the merits, a prisoner satisfies
find that the district court’s assessment of the constitutional
claims is debatable or wrong.
Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473,
When the district court denies relief on procedural
grounds, the prisoner must demonstrate both that the dispositive
procedural ruling is debatable, and that the petition states a
debatable claim of the denial of a constitutional right.
529 U.S. at 484-85.
We have independently reviewed the record and conclude that
Graves has not made the requisite showing.
Accordingly, we deny
a certificate of appealability, deny leave to proceed in forma
argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately
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presented in the materials before this court and argument would
not aid the decisional process.
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